Under-16s advance to quarter-finals

Tash Jarvis had one of her highest-scoring performances of the season (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Under-16 Girls registered a commanding 99-49 over Portsmouth City to advance to the national quarter-finals.

Amy Linton’s side came out setting the level of intensity for the game. They successful pressed and ran the floor and built an early 29-4 lead.

Ipswich slowed down defensively in the second quarter and lost concentration in places, allowing Portsmouth to score 25 points, Ipswich only narrowly out-scoring them to maintain the lead.

Not in her house! Cameron’s big block of this Portsmouth shot was one of many highlights in Ipswich’s rout (Image: Pavel Kricka)

The second half was a test for the Suffolk girls’ concentration and work ethic and they certainly performed, finishing the job in professional fashion.

Esther Little top-scored with 25, followed by 16 from Tash Jarvis. Cameron Taylor-Willis added 11.

“This was an outstanding performance for us with everyone playing their part to the full,” enthused Coach Amy Linton.

“Above all else I was pleased with our improved consistency and focus in the second half as we secured the win; we will need 40 minutes of that level of energy when we host Surrey Goldhawks next weekend.”

The girls are one of two Ipswich junior teams still alive in the playoffs, following defeats for the Under-18 Men and Under-14 Girls at the weekend. The Under-18 Women are also still in action, with both teams playing this weekend.